European Sea Freight

European short sea freight solutions with daily collections and regular sailings from Italy, Portugal & Spain.

,Since 1995, we have been operating European short sea freight services from our South-West base in Bristol. Our sea freight solutions complement our European road freight services when our clients require a more economical transport solution or need to ship in bulk. We specialise in containers from Italy, Spain and Portugal back to the UK. Having previously been named Ceramic Logistics, we have a long history of importing stone and ceramic goods from these countries and we can offer very competitive rates on 20ft, 30ft, 40ft and 45ft sea containers due to the volumes of cargo we move via our shipping accounts.

We make daily collections in Spain, Italy and Portugal, and ship back to the UK with an average transit time of anything between 8-12 days door to door. As we utilise all the major UK ports, including Felixstowe, Thamesport, Tilbury, Liverpool, Southampton, Bristol, Grangemouth and London Gateway, we can deliver to anywhere in the UK. We are also full set up to assist with any customs from export declarations in the country of origin and import declarations in the country of delivery.

Some of our clients do not have the facilities to offload a container on site. We can, therefore, tranship or devan the container in port and deliver the goods on a standard artic trailer or something smaller if required. We believe it is our attention to detail and 24/7 customer service that sets up apart. With over 20 years of experience and long-standing relationships with the shipping lines, we are well placed to offer the most comprehensive European sea freight solutions in the industry.

As of the 1st of January 2021 customs clearance is now required on all goods entering or exiting Great Britain. Here at Plexus Freight we have been working hard to ensure that all our client requirements are met. We aim to be in a position to offer a full range of custom services that will see goods transported in line with the new regulations. With strategically positioned custom offices throughout Europe, we are able to ship goods quickly and efficiently ensuring that we effectively handle all matters of customs for our clients both in the UK and throughout Europe.
European Sea Freight

Wide Range of Container Options

20ft, 30ft, 40ft & 45ft Options

Daily Collections

Regular Weekly Departures

Transhipping at Dock

Warehouse & Storage Facilities

Sea Freight from Italy to the UK

Due to our involvement in the importation of stone and ceramics from Northern Italy to the UK, we offer containerised freight services, including the use of 20ft, 30ft, 40ft and 45ft containers with a transit time of 8-12 days door to door. We like to take all the hassle out of Italian sea freight by handling all your requirements from collection to delivery. We use ports in Italy, such as La Spezia, Bari, Messina, Genoa and many others. This allows us to offer a wide range of sea freight services that cover the whole of Italy.

Sea Freight from Spain to the UK

Our container services from Spain to the UK are very popular, with textiles being the most popular commodity shipped on a weekly basis. As many of our customers are involved in the importation of ceramics and stone, we utilise the port of Bilboa to ship goods to the UK and can offer containers, including 20ft, 40ft and 45ft containers with payloads of up to 26,000 kg. We make daily collections throughout Spain with typical transit times of 10-12 days door to door. We can make deliveries all over the UK, whether they are delivered directly to site or goods transhipped and devanned by using an artic trailer or something smaller if required. Due to the volume of cargo that we import from Spain to the UK, we can often offer very competitive shipping rates whilst also upholding our renowned 24/7 customer service.

Sea Freight from Portugal to the UK

Importing and shipping containers from Portugal to the UK was something that came a little later in the evolution of our business. We developed this area of the business from 2005 due to increasing demand from our clients. As with Spain and Italy, we offer 20ft, 40ft and 45ft containers with a transit time of 10-12 days and can either deliver direct, which means the container gets unloaded at the delivery point, or tranship it in port and use a standard trailer for delivery. We ship from Leixões and Setubal in Portugal and then deliver into many UK ports, including Felixstowe, Thamesport, Tilbury, Liverpool, Southampton, Bristol, Grangemouth and London Gateway.

Container Sizes & Dimensions

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20ft Standard Container

30ft Standard Container

40ft Standard Container

45ft Standard Container

Max. Gross: 30,480 kgs Max. Gross: 33,075 kgs Max. Gross: 30,480 kgs Max. Gross: 30,480 kgs
Max. Payload: 28,110 kgs Max. Payload: 28,400 kgs Max. Payload: 26,740 kgs Max. Payload: 25,780 kgs
Capacity: 33.2 CU.M Capacity: 21.09 m² Capacity: 67.8 CU.M Capacity: 86.0 CU.M
Internal Measurements Internal Measurements Internal Measurements Internal Measurements
Length: 5.9m Length: 8.93m Length: 12m Length: 13.56m
Width: 2.35m Width: 2.33m Width: 2.35m Width: 2.35m
Height: 2.39m Height: 2.35m Height: 2.39m Height: 2.70m

Call Us: (+44) 01823 335666
Mon - Fri: 9am - 5pm

Why Plexus Freight?

25 Years’ Experience

Over 25 years’ experience in road, sea & multi-modal freight services throughout Europe.

24/7 Freight Support

Our dedicated freight specialists are on hand 24/7 to handle any questions or queries you have.

Competitive Pricing

Due to our activity in the logistical sector we are often able to offer the very best freight rates.

Quick Response

We aim to response to all queries within 30 minutes, meaning you get the answers you need fast.


We have been using Plexus Freight’ services for 5 years and we cannot praise them enough for the service they have provided to us during this time. Their customer service is excellent with continuous updates during the shipping process and they are always willing to try and help when we are under pressure with tight lead times.We highly recommend Plexus Freight to any company who is looking for swift, friendly and a cost effective service.

Gail Griffiths
Purchasing Manager

Shipping equipment overseas and importing equipment into the UK is not our expertise. Over recent months as a company we have done both, having trawled the internet for advice and quotes I came across Plexus Freight and Glen Freeth-Selway. Having no skills in these matters I knew immediately I had made the correct decision by choosing to use Plexus Freight for our requirements.

John Milne,

Warehouse Manager, Apex Digital Graphics Ltd

We at Hard Rock Flooring, have been using the services of Plexus Freight for 12 years. During this time we have received outstanding service and reliability. If there has been a problem we have been kept informed of progress on a regular basis, which is of real value in this day and age. We can thoroughly recommend Plexus Freight.

Iain Marfleet
Managing Director, Hardrock Flooring

I use Plexus Freight for all our Italian and Spanish collections for our tile business in Cornwall. Dealt with them now for around 6 years and the service is brilliant. From booking to delivery, kept informed every step of the way and if there is a problem (which is very rare), notified immediately and sorted out swiftly. Great team and a real pleasure to deal with.

Simon Ashmore
Imports & Logistics Manager, Cornwall Tile Centre

I have worked with Plexus Freight for many years and have found them to be offer a professional competitive service from Spain. Very good communication with delivery notes and work very hard to avoid any disruption on consignments. Highly recommended.

Stewart Bowen

We have been using Plexus Freight for 12 months for our tile collections from Spain. They have been absolutely first rate and therefore I highly recommend them.

Richard Barclay

Very nice service, very approachable and always quick to reply on my questions. Very flexible with my dates and requests and most importantly all freight delivered on time and in good shape.

Harry van de Noort

Plexus Freight really helped me in completing delivery of tiles which needed to be delivered with special time slot requirements. I was very happy with the service and will certainly use them again.

Arran Leyland

I've used Ceramic Logistics/Plexus Freight for over 15 years exclusively to import tiles from both Spain & Italy. I've always found them to be efficient, reliable, conscientious and affordable. I have no hesitation in recommending them!

Gary Metherell, MD, Advance Tiles Ltd, Milton Keynes

Plexus Freight go the extra mile every time. Consistently great service and delivery. Having tried out a few international couriers in the past I am extremely pleased with Glen and his team.

KDP Tools Ltd

Plexus Freight are very reliable, professional and affordable. For over 8 years I've been using their services and with a confidence I can confirm that they are the best transport company I ever worked with. I would reccomend them to any business who cares about the quality of their service.


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